Timonium, MD — Ilona Kaufert Klasons is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Lifetime Achiever for her distinguished career in the Regulatory field.
Ilona Kaufert Klasons is a retired professional who dedicated nearly three decades to Regulatory work. She was born in Latvia and relocated to Canada in 1951, then later immigrated to the United States in 1960. Ms. Klasons moved to Boston, MA, and married her late husband, Visvaldis Klasons, in 1960, and then had her son Eric in 1963. After several years, Ms. Klasons decided to join the workforce again and took night courses at a local community college to further her education.
She originally planned to study nursing, but Ms. Klasons loved numbers and decided to pursue a more fitting path toward a finance and regulatory business career. She began her college education with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1974 from Townson University (formerly known as Towson State College). After graduating, she worked at the Maryland Insurance Administration, where she remained from 1975 to 1992. During her time at the Maryland Insurance Administration, she became a Certified Insurance Examiner through the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society in 1980.
From 1992 to 1993, Ms. Klasons worked as a Manager at KPMG in Dallas, TX. However, the Maryland Insurance Administration requested her return to her former position in 1993. Ms. Klasons agreed and was then promoted to an Associate Commissioner role. She helped the department become accredited, which she is very proud of and considers a highlight of her career. Ms. Klasons worked for the Maryland Insurance Administration until her retirement in 2000.
With a demonstrated passion for the Regulatory field, Ms. Klasons was the Vice President of the Society of Financial Examiners from 1991 to 1992 and President of the National Association of Managed Care Regulatory from 1992 to 1994. Even after retirement, Ms. Klasons continued her career as a Regulatory Consultant. From 2000 to 2014, she consulted with business professionals using her strong background in the field.
Ms. Klasons was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. She was featured in the 57th and 58th editions of Who’s Who in America, and the 22nd and 23rd editions of Who’s Who American Professional Women.
Today, Ms. Klasons is enjoying her retirement in Timonium, MD. She enjoys reading, traveling, sewing, and volunteering for local organizations.